Libyan navy rescues 217 migrants from stranded boats

African migrants rescued from a ship off the coast of Zawiyah, about 45 kilometers west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, disembark at the dock at the capital’s naval base. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 18 April 2018
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Libyan navy rescues 217 migrants from stranded boats

BENGHAZI: Libya’s navy says it has rescued 217 African migrants from two rubber boats that were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.
A navy statement issued Wednesday says there were 85 women and 10 children among the migrants, who were trying to reach southern Europe.
The navy says the migrants, who were found on Tuesday, were taken a naval base in the capital, Tripoli.
Libya was plunged into chaos following a 2011 uprising and is now split between rival governments in the east and west, each backed by an array of militias.
The chaos has made Libya a frequently used route to Europe for migrants fleeing poverty and conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.
Libya has worked to stem the flow of migrants, with assistance from the European Union.


Taliban ambush police convoy, kill 9: Afghan official

Updated 25 April 2019
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Taliban ambush police convoy, kill 9: Afghan official

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says the Taliban ambushed a security convoy, killing nine policemen in western Farah province.
Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial councilman, says the convoy was heading to defuse a roadside bomb on Wednesday afternoon when the ambush happened in Anardara district.
Saleh says that shortly after the attack on the convoy, other Taliban insurgents targeted and briefly overran the district police headquarters. After a few hours of clashes, reinforcements arrived and wrested back control of the headquarters.
The insurgents did not immediately comment on the Farah attacks. The Taliban have been active in the area and have launched large-scale attacks against Afghan security forces in Farah.
The Taliban stage-near daily attacks even as they hold talks with a US envoy tasked on a peaceful resolution to the war.